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Irish Terrier

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An Irish terrier is a very active dog, which is full of life. However, it is not hyperactive and is able to calm down indoors. It has an excellent sense of smell, which makes it suitable for hunting rabbits and other small game. It likes agility, which makes it spend all of its energy. Owners of the Irish terrier often refer to it as a ‘daredevil’.

Character and behaviour
The Irish terrier likes spending time with its family and is good with children also if they are rough playing. It may display dominating behaviour towards other dogs making it important to socialise the breed while it is still a puppy. It is a watchful breed that functions well as a guard dog.

The Irish terrier is a brave dog, which loves adventure and action. At the same time it is an intelligent dog, which is easy to train as long as the owner demonstrates leadership and dominance towards the dog. It enjoys digging holes in the garden and examining new things. It will hunt everything that moves thus making it run free without a lead is a bad idea. In addition, they might be difficult to house train.

History of the breed
The origin of the Irish terrier is uncertain. However, it is thought to be one of the oldest terriers that exist. And it is most likely originating from the now extinct black-and-tan terrier.

The aristocrats did not own the Irish terrier. On the contrary, it lived on the farms and was often called the ‘manure heap dog’. The reason for this nickname was the result of the many rats found on the manure heaps, which the Irish terrier enjoyed chasing.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Irish terrier is a medium sized dog with a square looking head. The legs are straight as is the back. The eyes are small and dark with bushy eyebrows. The ears are small, v-shaped, and folded forward. The nose is black. The tail is medium long and erect.

The Irish terrier is approximately 18 inches and weighs 25-27 pounds.

The coat is two layered of which the outer coat is coarse and lays closely to the body. The undercoat is soft and dense. The beard is straight and longer than the rest of the hair in the face. It requires regular brushing and trimming with a special hand-stripping knife.

The Irish terrier is a very healthy breed, which does not suffer from any genetic diseases.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Requires a lot of exercise.
  • The owner needs to be patient during the trainin.
  • Suitable for living in an apartment, if it gets plenty of exercise. .
  • Can be difficult to house train. .
  • Digs holes in the garden..
  • Chases everything that moves..
  • Good family dog. .

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